Racing the Ironman World Championship in Kona was a dream come true.
Whether it's because of all the work that goes into getting there, a chance to test yourself against the best Ironman athletes in the world, or simply the opportunity to participate in the most storied and recognized IM event in the world, it is one of those races that deep down makes you feel really special.
For me, after 30 years in the sport, it was a combination of all three.
No matter how many Ironman races I do there's always something unexpected. And with all the hoopla that surrounds this race I knew the Big Island would not disappoint. Here are just a few of the things that really stuck out.